- Associated Press - Thursday, October 8, 2015

WAYNESBORO, Ga. (AP) - Autopsy results confirm that a preexisting heart condition contributed to the death of a Burke County High School football player who died after collapsing during practice.

Coroner Susan Salemi said Thursday that 17-year-old Roddrick Williams had hypertensive heart disease.

Multiple media outlets report that Williams died Monday night, about two weeks after officials say the junior offensive lineman collapsed shortly after football practice began Sept. 22 in Waynesboro.

Williams’ teammate Quan Wilson told the Augusta Chronicle (https://bit.ly/1JS9kcs ) that he and his teammates are dedicating the season to Williams. The Burke County Bears play at Liberty County High School in Hinesville on Friday.

Funeral arrangements for Williams are set for Saturday.

Students and staff gathered at the school’s flag pole Tuesday morning to remember Williams.

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